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A Partisan Wall

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CREDIT: Glenn Mccoy © 2017 Belleville News-Democrat. Dist. by Andrews Mcmeel Syndication

The divisive presidential election exacerbated long-standing political partisanship in Washington and around the nation. A Pew survey released a day before the inauguration found that 86 percent of Americans feel the country is more politically divided today than in the past. When the question was first asked in a 2004 survey, 66 percent of Americans felt that way.


  1. Who are the people depicted in the cartoon and why are they drawn as donkeys and elephants?
  2. What wall does the cartoonist seem to reference? What do you think the wall in this cartoon symbolizes?
  3. What point do you think the cartoonist is trying to make? Do you agree or disagree? 
  4. Why do you think political partisanship has increased in the last few decades? What does that say about this country?
  5. What, if anything, do you think can be done to make the country less politically divided? Explain. 

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